Sebring, Fla, March 14, 2003 - Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, Florida, has been chosen to drive relief for regular ACEMCO Motorsports, LLC driver Cass Whitehead in tomorrow's 51st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Whitehead, who has been suffering...
Sebring, Fla, March 14, 2003 - Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, Florida, has been chosen to drive relief for regular ACEMCO Motorsports, LLC driver Cass Whitehead in tomorrow's 51st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Whitehead, who has been suffering from the flu since Monday, decided to ask Lewis, a six-time 12 Hours of Sebring starter, to drive the #63 Acemco Automotive Ferrari 360 Modena when he felt he would be unable to perform at peak level in the endurance classic. Lewis will get his first laps in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT-class Ferrari in the race morning warm-up at 7:30 am (EST). The race is scheduled to start at 10:30 am. Testing, practice and qualifying have taken place since Monday.
"I feel very badly for Cass," commented Lewis. "Cass is a good friend and while I am thrilled to be driving in my seventh 12 Hours, I hate that it had to happen this way. I appreciate the team's trust in my ability to step in and represent them on such a short notice. I know this is the hardest driving decision Cass has ever had to make but I think it shows how committed to this team's success he really is. I want to go out and run well for ACEMCO Motorsports and for Cass. Since this will be my first time driving a 360 in ALMS competition, my main job is to keep it on the black stuff and out of the grass. My second job is to get up to speed as quickly as I possibly can and do a good job for Cass and the ACEMCO guys."
Lewis, who has been fitted in the car but not driven it, will co-drive with BJ Zacharias and Andrew Davis.
Shane Lewis is the 1998 Professional Sports Car Racing Rising Star award winner and is a multiple race winner in IMSA, SCCA Pro and Grand-Am sanctioned events. He has driven in 16 24-hour races including two 24 Hours of Le Mans and six 24 Hours of Daytona. Lewis, a regular top-five finisher in ALMS competition, has raced in six 12 Hours of Sebring and four Petit Le Mans.